Face in the news: Boehner & health care

In his first interview since the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, House Speaker John Boehner repeated his commitment to repeal the bill in its entirety and start over. He told Norah O'Donnell, substitute anchor for Bob Schieffer, that the law has to be "ripped out by its roots." Read more about how he and other Republicans plan to show their resolve for repeal from FOX News

About the Court's decision he said, "The idea that the federal government can mandate that the American people purchase a product is shocking to me," Boehner said. "But they made their decision; I respect their ability to make that decision." The Atlantic has a more in-depth look at that back-and-forth, and how Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., responded to calls for repeal. 

O'Donnell asked whether he supported current provisions such as ensuring coverage for those with preexisting conditions and allowing young people to remain on their parents' insurance. He said although those aspects were popular, the House Republicans would prefer to repeal the law in its entirety and "start over, one step at a time."

Boehner said, "This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry. The American people do not want to go down this path."

Read more about the interview on The Los Angeles TimesThe HillBusinessweekPOLITICOTalking Points Memo and USA Today.

Watch the full interview with John Boehner

Later in the show Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argued Republicans should move on from their insistence upon repeal. "If Republicans make that their number one issue, the repeal of health care, they are certainly going to lose the election, in the House and the Senate and the presidency," Schumer said. The Hill analyzed this argument. 

Schumer also denied the argument that the mandate was a tax, insisting it was a "free-rider penalty." He also reminded everyone that Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law was similar in this regard. Talking Points Memo looked at how Romney's Massachusetts health care law complicates the Republican argument that the mandate is a "massive tax increase." 

"Mitt Romney is in a total pickle here. He prescribed this. This was his bill," Schumer said. "Are [Republicans] going to say that Mitt Romney had the biggest tax increase in Massachusetts? Forget about it."

He appeared alongside Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who defended a statement made to a state newspaper last week where he said the legislation would "Sovietize" medicine in the United States. He said, "That means that the bureaucrats and politicians are in charge of your health care and that's exactly what this has done. There's not going to be individual choice."

Read more on the conversation with Sens. Schumer and Coburn from The Washington Post.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc., tangoed over some of the exact issues the Senators did. O'Malley insisted the penalty was just a penalty on the small percentage of "free loaders" who didn't purchase health insurance. Gov. Scott Walker questioned the wisdom of a national health care law, and defended Romney's Massachusetts record while saying that law wasn't for every state or Wisconsin. 

The Washington Posthas more on the governors' appearance together. 

Finally, Norah turned to a panel of journalists for help in examining the historic events of the week. CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford had some interesting news about Chief Justice John Roberts, who is considered the swing vote in deciding to uphold most of the health care law. 

Crawford said she'd been told by "two sources with specific knowledge of the court's deliberations that Roberts originally sided with the conservatives in this case and was prepared to strike down...the individual mandate." 

"But Roberts, I'm told by my sources, changed his views, deciding to instead join with the liberals." She cited her sources as saying there was a "one-month campaign" led by Justice Anthony Kennedy to bring Roberts back to the conservative stance, but to no avail.

Crawford's news fanned the fires of speculation about Roberts' role in the final opinion. Read more about that intrigue from ForbesThe Seattle Times,The New York Post, and National Review.

Watch the whole roundtable July 1: Boehner, Coburn, Schumer, Walker, O'Malleyto see what else Crawford, Major Garrett, John Dickerson and John Harris had to say about how the decision will affect Campaign 2012. 

  • Lauren Hoenemeyer

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